Friday, March 03, 2006

Kaiser Wilhelm I

May I introduce: Kaiser Wilhelm I (1797-1888) or actually a statue of him that you can find in the "Kurpark" in Wiesbaden.
He was King of Prussia and later German Emperor (Kaiser) of the German Empire with Otto von Bismarck as his Prime Minister.

Besides all the political and historical things to say about him, I found interesting, what Bismarck had to say in his memoirs. He described Wilhelm as an old-fashioned, courteous, infallibly polite gentleman and a genuine Prussian officer, whose good common sense was occasionally undermined by "female influences". (source: Wikipedia)



At 11:24 PM, Blogger mea said...

Is his beard black or is it a shadow?

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

Hm, let's see. No, I think it's just the shadow, Mea.

I think he used to have one of those beards where the chin was bare and there was only a moustache and some beard on the cheeks. If you click on the Wikipedia link you'll see a closer look of that.

At 12:55 AM, Anonymous Elindel/Lucas said...

Do you know where i can find anything about Wiesbaden and the people there? One of my ancestors (Jacob Stadtfeld, had a brother named Alexander[who was a composer]) is from their. He was born 1833, his father was a kapellmeister (it says in the bio, to william 1st).


At 8:45 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

Lucas - you could contact the Stadtarchiv:

Kulturamt - Stadtarchiv
Im Rad 20
65197 Wiesbaden
Phone: 0611/31-3329, 31-3747, 31-5429
Fax: 0611/31-3977

Hope this info helps.

At 4:33 AM, Anonymous Elindelwolf said...

thanks...will do.

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a part of a woman's job to undermine a man's common sense once in a while!

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Lynn said...

What does the inscription read on this statue?


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